His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a meeting of the Cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
The meeting was held with the attendance of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs.
The Cabinet approved the formation of a higher ministerial committee to be headed by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, with the Minister of Social Affairs as Deputy Chairman and the membership of Ministers of Education, Health, Labour, Dr Maitha Al Shamsi and Chairman of the National Media Council. The committee will be tasked with the implementation of the President's call for enhancing national and communal solidarity, which he stressed in his speech on the 38th National Day.
Sheikh Mohammed emphasised the importance of the President's call, which reflects the leadership's wise vision that focuses on achieving sustainable development in the UAE, ordering that the call be considered as a main document and a reference to be adopted in all development and societal schemes in the next stage.
The Cabinet also decided that the committee prepares the general framework of its plans, programmes and prospects to be submitted to the Cabinet for discussion in 2012. The Cabinet also agreed the Federal National Council will discuss the policies of the Ministry of Health and the Emirates Identity Authority in its next session.
The Cabinet also ratified agreements signed between the UAE and Spain on extradition of criminals and exchange of legal assistance in criminal issues.
Concluding the meeting, the Cabinet approved a number of federal government appointments and other issues on its agenda, and took appropriate decisions.
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